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Scorching heat hits Lake Martin area

Published 6:48pm Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The summer season doesn’t officially start for three weeks, but temperatures are scorching across the Lake Martin area.

Holly Britton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said temperatures are at least 10 degrees hotter than usual for this time of year. In early June, the Lake Martin area typically experiences high temperatures in the mid to upper 80s.

The thermostat hit 100 degrees in Alexander City and 99 degree in Dadeville on Wednesday and it’s expected to hover between 98 and 100 for the next several days.

“Unfortunately, these warm temperatures are probably going to take us into the weekend,” Britton said.

A high pressure area is to blame for the heat and it’s causing temperatures to spike across the southeastern United States.

“We have a very strong high pressure area across the Southeast that’s allowing the temperatures to warm up a little bit each day,” Britton said. “It’s also not allowing cloud cover to form. We’re pretty much getting maximum daytime heat.”

Britton said the heat index will be between 100 and 105 through the weekend. She urged people to drink lots of water and seek shade if they are playing or working outdoors.